No matter what the situation, every Aussie skipper believes that his team has a chance as long as Bevan is at the wicket. That was proved yet again the other day, when 'Bev' carried them home from a hopeless situation against England in their final league match in the World Cup in South Africa. But when Bevan came out and spoke, he had fulsome praise for Bichel, the man at the other end of the wicket. First, Bichel was handed the ball when the English batsmen were scoring at almost seven an over, and then when he came into bat, the asking rate was more than six an over. Both times, Bichel came up trumps. First with a career-best bowling figures and then with his highest score with the bat.
Seven wickets in a one-dayer and an unbeaten 34 at death, and this man is yet to play a full series, Test or limited overs. He is forever filling in leave and injury vacancies in the side. To the extent that despite his obvious talent and ability to deliver in a crunch situation, all that Bichel has played is 11 Test matches since his debut against West Indies at Adelaide in 1996-97 and only 41 games since his one-day debut against the same side at Brisbane in the same season.